Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts.
Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work. Director Ben Shapiro stops by for a conversation on a remarkable artist and his insightful film.
Director Ben Shapiro will be appearing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday, January 24th for a 7:30 PM screening of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters.
“A BEAUTIFUL AND CONTEMPLATIVE LOOK AT CREWDSON’S PROCESS.” — THE PARIS REVIEW
“WITH MARVELOUS DISCIPLINE, MR. SHAPIRO … SMOOTHLY COMMUNICATES THE GROUP EFFORT REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT SHOT.” — JEANETTE CATSOULIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES